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Pigeons in the Square (1982)

Les pigeons du square (original title)
An enthusiastic grandfather sits with children in a Parisian park talking about pigeons. First. their physical appearance - eye, wings and tail, and color - and their varieties. Then, he ... See full summary »

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An enthusiastic grandfather sits with children in a Parisian park talking about pigeons. First. their physical appearance - eye, wings and tail, and color - and their varieties. Then, he encourages the children to imitate their walk. He points out courtship and mating rituals, then provides an illustrated discussion of how they eat. This section is punctuated by a flock of pigeons fighting over a small, hard ball each wants to eat; the narrator's describes it as if it were a soccer match. He concludes with a discussion of pigeons taking off, landing, and flying; he uses slow motion and stop-time photography to show his audience. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Pigeon party
26 March 2016 | by (Berlin, Germany) – See all my reviews

"Les pigeons du square" or "Pigeons in the Square" is an almost 25-year-old animal documentary and it was the very last film made by genre pioneer Jean Painlevé. If you have seen some of his older stuff, you will quickly recognize that none of this documentary here looks like his early works. His style clearly adjusted to what animal documentaries usually looked like back then. You see people in here, which is also not common for his works, and the science fiction effect is entirely gone. What has stay with him till the age of 80 though is the fast spot-on narration, so you may need subtitles if you are not fluent in French. There is quite a bit of comedy in here with all the football action scenes, but we also learn at the same time about the lives, mating, procreation, flying... of pigeons. I liked this one here more than most of his other works I have seen. And that is why I recommend checking it out. Thumbs up.


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